intu Merry Hill's annual Christmas lights switch on has kicked off six weeks of festive fun.

The shopping mall is hosting a jam-packed calendar of Yuletide celebrations, which got underway at the weekend with the installation of a giant snow globe.

TV celebrities Sam and Mark hosted the annual Christmas Light Switch on event on Saturday (November 17).

During the event six shoppers were given chance to enter a Crystal Maze-style snow globe to win prizes and lucky Laura Cheese from Laura Cheese from Birmingham won a family holiday to New York, donated by Virgin Holidays.

Other prizes dished out in the competition included diamonds from TH Baker, a year’s supply of Nando’s and a £1,000 intu gift card.

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This year’s switch-on marked the start of the shopping destination’s seasonal events calendar which will see shoppers surprised by a roaming Santa Claus and a festive parade featuring children’s favourite characters.

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Images courtesy of Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

For more information about the centre’s upcoming seasonal events visit